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Samsung Gear 2 Solo with SIM card slot incoming?

What? You didn't think Samsung had any intentions of slowing down, did you?

Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches have barely been out for a month, but rumours of a successor have already flittered out of the Samsung rumour mill.

According to import-export database Zauba, Samsung has shipped a SIM card-toting Gear 2 variant – reportedly called the Gear 2 Solo – to India for testing purposes.

There are no specs or pictures to shed any more light on the mysterious device, but we expect it to be almost identical to the current Gear 2, which include an IR blaster, an OLED display and a Tizen-based operating system.

It’s unclear whether or not the Gear 2 Solo will retain the Gear 2’s camera, or, like the Gear 2 Neo, ditch it entirely.

The current Gear 2’s functionality is crippled when it’s not tethered to a smartphone as it won’t allow you to read your messages or notifications without a connection, although it still allows you to listen to locally stored music.

A SIM-supporting Gear 2 would let you read (and even reply to) texts and emails as well as make calls, instead of merely answering them.

Whether or not anyone actually wants a watchphone is another matter entirely, but given Samsung’s ‘throw everything at a wall and see what sticks’ philosophy, we can’t say we’re too surprised.

That’s all the info we have for the time being, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated with more news as and when we get it.

READ MORE: Samsung Gear 2 review

[Zauba via Recombu]

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Esat has been a gadget fan ever since his tiny four-year-old brain was captivated by a sound-activated dancing sunflower. From there it was a natural progression to a Sega Mega Drive, a brief obsession with hedgehogs, and a love for all things tech. After 7 years as a writer and deputy editor for Stuff, Esat ventured out into the corporate world, spending three years as Editor of Microsoft's European News Centre. Now a freelance writer, his appetite for shiny gadgets has no bounds. Oh, and like all good human beings, he's very fond of cats.